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  • New research confirms obesity is a cause of kidney disease

    Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered that obesity can increase the chances of someone developing kidney disease.

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  • Obesity implies risk of COVID-19 regardless of age, sex, ethnicity and health condition

    The probability that an obese person will develop severe COVID-19 is high regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, and the presence of co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or lung disease, according to a study by Brazilian researchers published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice.

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  • Lockdowns made taming obesity even tougher, study shows

    People struggling with obesity fared poorly during the COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year, with their weight-control plans flying off the rails as they coped with the stress of the global pandemic, two new studies report.

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  • Study finds obesity medicine specialists are using evidence-based care

    The United States obesity rate is now more than 40%, and physicians are looking for new and more effective ways to treat the problem. In 2013, the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a complex, chronic disease that requires medical attention. However, past research studies showed that the percentage of physicians providing adequate counseling and treatment to patients with obesity remains low.

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  • Five or more hours of smartphone usage per day may increase obesity

    As smartphones continue to be an inherent part of life and grow as a primary source of entertainment -- particularly among young people -- it leads to a decrease in physical activity. University students who used their smartphones five or more hours a day had a 43% increased risk of obesity and were more likely to have other lifestyle habits that increase the risk of heart disease.

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